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Posted on: April 26, 2021

Mayor Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to the Covid-19 Emergency 04-26-21

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Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced registration for inaugural Spring session of the Buffalo Police Athletic League’s (PAL) Game Changers Youth Basketball Program is now closed. 

“We initially offered 100 slots, but due to high demand, 25 more slots were added for the first, outdoor Spring session of this popular program,” Mayor Brown said. “This extremely successful program, which my Administration launched in 2013, is much more than a basketball program. Game Changers offers City youth a free, safe environment to play ball and learn critical life skills.”

Covid-safety guidelines prevent PAL from further expanding the Spring session.

The Game Changers program has historically been offered as a single, six-week session held in late Fall at the Delavan/ Grider and Belle Community Centers. Since its inception in 2013, more than 1,500 City of Buffalo youth have taken part in Game Changers sessions.

 Game Changers Spring 2021 sessions will take place four weekends in a row May 1 through May 22, on Saturdays (10am – 1pm) at Masten Park. Rain dates will be on Sundays, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Buffalo Fire Department Promotes Matt Osinski to Battalion Chief and Leader of the Department’s Training Academy

Matt Osinski, a 23-year veteran of the Buffalo Fire Department was promoted from Captain to Battalion Chief during a ceremony at the Dillion Public Safety Building.

A Nationally Certified Fire Instructor 1, Battalion Chief Osinski will be stationed at the Buffalo Fire Department’s (BFD) Training Bureau. As Chief of Training, will oversee the training of the next generation of Buffalo Firefighters.

As Chief of Training for the Buffalo Fire Department, Osinski and his staff will be responsible for all Annual NYS mandated Training, in-service departmental training, curriculum development and the conduct of recruit class training.

One of his first assignments will be to develop a condensed four-week, follow-on course for the 15 BFD recruits currently undergoing training at the NYS Fire Academy in Montour Falls. The final phase of training will be BFD specific and is critical to the trainees’ technical and tactical development as they transition into the ranks for the BFD.

A Basket of Brunch for Mom from The Broadway Market

The Broadway Market has just what you need to celebrate Mother’s Day! The Market is offering a Mother’s Day Brunch Basket. The basic basket, priced at $45, includes:

  • Bacon, breakfast sausage and 1 dozen eggs from Camellia Meats and Lupas Meats
  • Braided bread and coffee cake from white eagle bakery
  • Red and green pepper plants from Lewandowski Produce
  • ½ dozen dessert pierogi from Babcia’s Pierogi

For $20 more, you can add a dozen shrimp, cocktail sauce and 4 steaks.

Orders can be placed starting Monday, April 26th by visiting: All orders must be placed by May 5th. Basket pick-up will take place on Saturday, May 8th, from Noon – 4 p.m., at The Kitchen @ The Market.

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